Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
4.5
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Learn about early Boston and U.S. history on this 2.5-mile-long trail that passes through 16 historic locations. Look out for the brick markers—starting in downtown Boston, crossing through the North End, and finishing at the famous Bunker Hill Monument in neighboring Charlestown. You'll pass by notable stops like Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and the USS Constitution frigate. You can embark on the Freedom Trail for free and at your own pace, but audio guides and guided tours are also available. The trail is lined with lots of cool cafes and restaurants for you to fuel up along the way. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Park St • 3 min walk
  • Boylston • 4 min walk
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  • Marc S
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You're in Boston... Just do it!
    If you like history, you don't have a choice, you have to follow the freedom trail. The trail is clearly marked by red bricks inlaid into the roads and sidewalks. It will take you to all the historic sites. A great way to visit this amazing city without missing any of the hotspots.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 26, 2023
  • MarieInSarasota
    Lakewood Ranch, Florida280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking the Freedom Trail
    My daughter arranged for us to have a mother-daughter long weekend in Boston. Being my first time, we wanted to cover as much of it as we could over the four days. I’d heard that we should do The Freedom Trail, but I didn’t know what that was. As we vstarted a walk around town, we saw the medallion on the sidewalk and a red brick line down the middle of the sidewalk. We figured out that this was The Freedom Trail. My daughter picked up some literature and we read that this was a 2.5 mile walking urban trail leading to 16 historically significant sites relating to the American Revolution. We picked up the trail here and there as we also included other activities in our stay. It was nice to see we could pick up the trail at any point as we came across it.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Gabe
    Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not bad, worth doing if in Boston
    The tour itself was fine. Nick was an excellent tour guide. He was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of the American revolution. He reminded me of one of my old high school history teachers. Even as someone who knows a lot about this subject matter, I learned a few things, which was great. As for Boston itself, it’s a nightmare to drive through and the parking situation is a joke. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your tour on time. And then plan to spend at least three hours doing the tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and Interesting.
    The Freedom Trail was clearly marked and easy to follow. I'd suggest buying the guide book, as it gave a ton of information. There are plenty of places to eat along the way if needed. The first half of the trail took the whole day, but we read a lot and spent time in some of the burial grounds and such. I realized just how little I knew about the American Revolution! It seems to me it would be way to much walking for little kids. Also, we didn't go into all the museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Andrea S
    Nepean, Canada26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully-kept City, welcoming and historic downtown. Tons of parks and trees.
    This was a lovely day, time well spent. We learned a lot and also enjoyed the beautiful parks, heritage buildings, waterfront, pubs and monuments. Boston is a green and clean city- tons of trees in the urban areas and very little litter! One thing that could be helpful is more public washrooms, along the Trail.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • EssexBetty64
    Essex, United Kingdom505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to Boston
    We followed the Freedom Trail on our first day in Boston. Get a map telling you about each place which will make it far more interesting. We loved it found it easy to follow and gave us a good introduction to Boston.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,290 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to discover "living" history
    Although we've done this before, it's definitely worth self-following the red bricks in the sidewalk (very Oz's Dorothy) and discovering the "history" of Boston and the US. We stopped longer in some places than others and avoided crowds where we could. Signage is good. Some places along the way are a bit tatty cheesy touristy but overall it's worth doing
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Jenny_from_PA
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania179 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some of the most interesting sites aren’t free
    I walked the entire trail from Boston Common to Bunker Hill and then back. Downtown can be really crowded with large groups of tourists on tours, which is to be expected, but is still annoying. Some of the more interesting sites, like the Old South Church, Paul Revere’s House, etc, have an entrance fee, so the costs can add up. I spent around 6 hours and it was a great walk through American history and different areas of the city. I recommend reading up on the history of Boston ahead of time for context.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Diana C
    Falls Church, Virginia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    Our tour was excellent. While it is a lot of ground to cover both historically and physically our guide made the time fly by. Clio was knowledgeable and personable. It was a warm sunny day so she made every effort to keep us in the shade as much as possible for our stops. She was very knowledgeable and clearly loved the history she was speaking about. Would certainly recommend her and the tour
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Dr Apurva Shah
    Ahmedabad District, India7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous
    History trail right in the middle of Boston. A little walk, exciting history titbits, beautiful gothic structure, a lot about Boston history. It also involves Boston common garden. Boston Central garden, ISKCON temple, shopping arena like Primark and TJMAXX are in immediate vicinity.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
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Jonathan L
Pittsburgh, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Yes I did it: The Trail is a walk-through our history. From the Tea Party to Bunker Hill where for the first time american troops take the order to fire on red jackets. War against brothers was a tragedy, but America was born there and in that time. We've to learn and respect.
Written April 12, 2024
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david m
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We found the trail and walked it, we loved little Italy and the parks are beautiful. The trail is not well organized or labeled. There is a lot of history in a small area and there is a lot to learn. I would spend more time at the boats. I wouldn't dedicate too much time, but hit the important spots and ignore the "trail". I don't think the city really puts any effort into this, we kinda felt like it was looking at archeology in a third world country.
Written April 6, 2024
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CasinoStripes
Montreal, Canada66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was a fun morning. We went out with the Boston history society. Lots of information and history. It was a great experience for the family.
Written March 30, 2024
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Balfour H
Scotland, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The experience was incredibly enjoyable and engaging. Our tour guide was exceptional, making the journey even more memorable.
Written March 29, 2024
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cannonater
Salt Lake City, UT1,564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
But this walk transports you back in time. The history behind everything you’ve grown up with is fascinating. Would highly recommend getting a guide.. It’s worth $15.00.. October 2018
Written March 16, 2024
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Aniket
Houston, TX3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The trail walks us through historical monuments based in Boston. You better be ready to walk a fair bit if you want to complete the trail. You can also hide a guide who can give you more details about the trail. I walked solo along the trail and googled the monument as I went by. Weekends are pretty crowded so plan ahead of time.
Written February 26, 2024
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CindyB
El Dorado, AR79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The freedom trail whines between modern and historic buildings. There are even markers on the side walk. We only made it as far as the Faneuil Hall which is loaded with lots of counter service restaurants and booths selling souvenirs. Perfect weather May 2023. Which I had a guide. Next time!
Written February 22, 2024
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victoriabuckner
Sahuarita, AZ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
The Freedom Trail is a 'must see' item when you visit Boston. Not only do you get to see so many historical places but, you get to experience the city. Boston is very clean, safe and so walkable!
Written February 20, 2024
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Vivian C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great experience touring with the Freedom Trail foundation. We took a 1pm tour with Ben Soloway aka "Mather Byles." Really appreciated his sense of humor, enthusiasm, and knowledge. The tour was really informative and entertaining. It definitely allowed me to appreciate the stories behind each stop more. Highly recommend!
Written February 20, 2024
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markdmarc
Mount Washington, MA180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a great small group tour via Viator! Highly recommended! Will was a great guide and storyteller. It was a wonderful time!
Written January 28, 2024
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